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I’d like to learn fishing, how do I start?

Terry Lambert, I've been fishing since my great aunt took me when I was a very young age.

Answered May 12, 2016

You asked "I'd like to learn fishing, how do I start?"

Fishing is easy:

  • Buy some equipment
  • Throw your hook/lure tied to the end of your line in the water
  • Drink beer and eat sandwiches
  • Contemplate the meaning of life
A lot of people fish as an excuse to go hang out with their friend with no expectation of conversation, and eat a picnic lunch, with or without beer.

Catching is harder.

If you meant "I'd like to learn how to catch fish, how do I start?", then a pretty good beginners guide is here: How to Fish. Don't expect to catch one your first time.


Why people fish:

A lot of people fish as an excuse to go hang out with their friend with no expectation of conversation, and eat a picnic lunch, with or without beer. The point is frequently just to spend the time with friends in this manner. Actually catching fish is secondary, and may or may not be a bonus, if you've never cleaned a fish before.


Getting started:

A good way to get your feet wet (so to speak) is to find a local fish hatchery or fish farm that allows on site "tourist fishing".

If you visit one, generally, you will not require license to fish, and for a fee, they will clean your fish for you/teach you how to clean a fish/let you take it home for cleaning (your option).


A plug for one of my favorite "getting started" places:

A number of my small relatives (they live in Utah) first experience was here: Cold Springs Trout Farm.

They supply some rudimentary poles, and it's suitable for children.

They charge you by the length of the fish you catch, and do not charge for cleaning, and will fillet them for another $0.35 (worth it with trout, if you have no experience with it, since they have fine and numerous bones).

A lot of people fish as an excuse to go hang out with their friend with no expectation of conversation, and eat a picnic lunch, with or without beer.

They also have a fly fishing area (bring your own equipment for this area) where you can learn to fly fish ($15/hour, catch and release only, sorry!), if you want something more challenging. Here's someone in the fly fishing area, with a large rainbow trout:

It's likely that there is a similar place in your area, if your area has any type of sport fishing at all. Check with your local sporting goods store, if you don't know where to start.


Advanced topics, like bow fishing, require an instructor and specialized equipment.

Happy fishing!

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